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Here’s to My Last Semester:

This is it— next semester is my final semester. My last hoorah. My last time to enjoy the city as a student. I can’t believe my time here is almost up. Your last semester of college is totally not the end, even though it may feel like it at times. Good news is there’s tons of ways to make your last semester memorable and productive, just like I’m going to make mine!

1. EMBRACE THE LAST MOMENTS

It’s crazy to think the “best four years of your life” (or three in my case, lol) are just about over. As scary as that may sound, there is so much to look forward to. The most interesting feeling as a senior is the nostalgia you feel about the past.

2. DO SOMETHING

It’s never too late to get involved. Join that organization you “never had time for” before. Plus, it makes for a great resume builder…or just take on an intensive internship!

3. POLISH YOUR RESUME AND PERFECT COVER LETTERS

Speaking of resumes, now is the time to perfect them. Make sure everything is up to date and practice writing cover letters.

4. SOAK UP WHAT FIT HAS TO OFFER

The real world will not be as forgiving as FIT…who am I kidding, we all know FIT is intense. If they haven’t already, mommy and daddy won’t be paying for things anymore. Appreciate the free food around campus, going to an organizational meeting and having financial aid.

5. STAY ORGANIZED

Chances are you’re going to be applying to at least 40+ jobs (unfortunately, finding jobs after graduation isn’t as easy as your humanities elective). Create a spreadsheet to organize where and when you applied, what position and the location of the job.

6. KEEP UP

Let’s be honest, you mentally checked out of college as soon as winter break started. But skipping class and missing homework assignments won’t help you graduate. Buy a planner and stay up to date with all your deadlines. Each assignment you turn in leaves you one step closer to graduation.

7. NETWORKING NEVER FELT SO GOOD

By this point you should know what exactly you want to get into, and the only way to get into it is by making those connections. Keep in touch with your old internship supervisor and network whenever you can—these are going to be useful relationships to have. Mingle like you’re desperate, but in this case, for a job, not for a relationship.

8. CLEAN UP YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

You know that picture of you holding a red cup in your bathing suit during spring break? It’s got to go. Potential employers are going to be checking your Facebook and other social media sites during the hiring process. The last thing you want is to not get a job because you were photographed doing something inappropriate!

9. DO IT ALL

Now is not the time to be afraid of what you want. You’ve made it this far and the only thing stopping you from reaching your goals are your fears. You can do anything you set your mind too…times ticking!

10. ENJOY IT

After all is said and done, this is your last year of college. You’re not going to have the free time you have now once you sell your soul to the real world. Stay out ‘til 4 a.m., or go on a spontaneous adventure. These however many years won’t happen again!

xx

Mariano

Online Classes 101

Hello there!

Today I thought I would talk to you about my experience with online classes and let you in on a few tips and tricks I have for nailing an online class. Personally before attending FIT I had never taken an online class and just the thought of it terrified me. However, in a few instances, I had no other choice than to take an online class, because my schedule didn’t allow me otherwise.

  1. Don’t be fooled! Often times we take online classes because we think they will be easier. That is so wrong! Most times than not, they actually require much more work and time than physical classes do. Yes, they are more practical, because you can sleep in and work on your own time, which makes planning more flexible.
  2. Is this class for you? What I mean by that is that taking an online class pretty much means teaching yourself. So I would really suggest taking a class, you know won’t be too challenging and require too much work. But once again it’s all up to you. If you have a full schedule and decide to take an online class, I wouldn’t take a class you no familiarity with. For example I never took a math classes online, because I knew it was going to require a lot of work and time on my part, because from experience I know math is not my strong suit.
  3. Make sure you have time. If you have a full schedule, taking 7 classes, and on top of that you are working, I would really think twice before taking an online class. Taking online classes do require you to participate and keep engaged, if it’s a subject you know will be easy to keep up with, then go for it, otherwise I would suggest taking it next semester.
  4. READ what is expected! This is in my opinion the most important tip. You never know what a course will entail before you read the syllabus. Since you don’t have a teacher to tell you, make sure the first thing you do is check Blackboard and look at the syllabus. From there on you’ll be able to make a final decision and decide if this is the class for you. Last semester I wanted to take my internship class online, thinking it would be easier and less work. I took one glance at the schedule, and dropped out immediately.
  5. Create a schedule. If you decide that yes, you are going to take that class after reviewing the syllabus, I would start organizing your schedule. How will you split your time, with physical classes, work and your online class. Don’t forget to write ALL deadlines somewhere you won’t forget them, because online classes are all focused around deadlines (and there’s a lot of them).
  6. Manage you time. OK, so now it’s time to start splitting your time. When are you going to be working on your online class, how long, what day/s. etc. I would invest in a time planner and write down the days you’ll be working on everything, as well as the deadlines all the way through the end of the semester.
  7. Take notes. This is honestly what helped me pass my online statistics class I took two semesters ago. Online classes can throw a lot of material at you, and it accumulates very quickly with new material coming along each week. Videos, tutorials, pdf’s, word docs, charts, slides etc. What I would do is every unit or section of the class, I would watch the tutorials, read the material and write notes on the most important information. Yes, it takes longer, but a least I didn’t need to go back and scramble to find the material again, it was all in my notebook. This is especially helpful, during quizzes and exams, because you can look at your notebook and everything is in front of you.
  8. Make sure you have stable WiFi/internet access. This is especially important during quizzes and exams. This happened to me a couple of times during my exams, when the WiFi wasn’t strong enough and would have to reload. This is the most frustrating thing ever, especially if you under a time constraint.
  9. There’s no time for procrastinating. If you are someone who procrastinates, I would strongly reevaluate taking online classes. With online classes there is no procrastinating, you are constantly under time pressure and deadlines. If you miss a deadline, you cannot just resubmit or re upload it later. The session are closed down and it will affect your grade (harshly).

Anyways, I really hope this was helpful and insightful. Online classes can be really great for students who commute from far away or have busy schedules. However, although I’ve had my few shares of online classes, I personally prefer taking a physical class. But once again we are all different and work differently, some people might enjoy online classes much more than others.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Leave them down in the comments below.

xoxo

-Z

Midterm Aftermath: Ways to Prevent Sickness

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With some of us still conquering midterms and some facing the repercussions of red-eyed late nights, it is important to put your health first and take care of yourself during such a stressful time. Our immune systems can slack off sometimes but it doesn’t mean you should too. Here are my tips:

 1.  Vitamin C 

This has been constantly drilled into our minds by our mothers and goes to show she knows best! A vitamin C tablet or two a day will definitely help keep the common cold away.

 2. Wash Your Hands 

Not just after you go to the bathroom, but EVERYWHERE — when you leave the library, store, classrooms, or pretty much anywhere public where you can bring in foreign bacteria into your body.

 3. Keep Stress Levels Down

Sounds like the impossible, right? No stress during finals week? Well if you get sick it’s going to be 10x more stressful; try to keep stress levels down by relaxing during study breaks, going to exercise in between errands and getting enough rest.

 4. Catch Some Z’s 

Sleep is so important in keeping your immune system at its best during this stressful week. No matter how much time you plan on spending on late night study hours, be sure to get a good amount of sleep so that you and your immune system can be at its best.

 5.  Quarantine

It seems that everyone gets the plague during finals week or any week that is extremely important and it spreads like wildfire, so try your best to stay away from the germs. Take hand sanitizer with you everywhere, stay and study in your room and only come out when its safe.

With just a few precautions and changes in routine, you can avoid getting sick this season. Good luck to everyone and their immune systems during this hectic month of exams!

MB

How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Credited Internship Application

One of the many things that sets FIT apart from all other schools is its extensive internship connections. FIT’s Career and Internship Center helps students by assigning, structuring, and monitoring their internship process. Credited internships through FIT require both on-site work with the company and class time at FIT.

There are a lot of nitty-gritty details that you have to pay attention to while going through the application process for a credited internship, so I’ll give you all the necessary information to get it all done.

Before you do anything, you will want to go through the Career and Internship Center’s online orientation. This will give you everything you need to know about the entire process from start to finish, including what an internship is, why you should do them, when they are available, and how your career counselor will help you.

To see an overview of how to apply and find out whether you qualify for a credited internship, click here. This page will ask you to fill out a survey to see if you qualify. You will need to log into the “Career Internship Database” to fill this out.  A few days after you fill out the survey, they will send you an email confirming that you are qualified and that you can continue with the process.

Once it is confirmed that you qualify for a credited internship, you will want to create and upload a resume and a letter of introduction to your Career Internship Database profile. If you need help writing these, don’t worry. FIT offers a guide on how to write these, including template layout and even words and phrases to use. If you need more than that, feel free to use FIT’s Writing Studio services.

A few days after you upload BOTH your resume and letter of introduction, you will receive an email assigning you to a specific career counselor. This is who you will see to practice interviews, revise your resume and letter of introduction, and go over the database that contains all of FIT’s internship options. You will need to schedule an hour meeting with your career counselor through the Career and Internship’s Symplicity database (where you logged in at the very beginning).

From there on out, it’s up to find companies of interest, either through their database or on your own, and let your counselor know you want to apply to them. They will give you important contact information for the company, and help you customize your resume and letter of introduction to best fit those companies.

There are countless benefits to having a credited internship, whether it’s a requirement within your major, or you just want some more experience. FIT has lots of ways it can help.